§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many false alarms have been registered in the past 12 months on the global maritime distress and safety systems; and what was the estimated cost of the false alarms.
§ Mr. Norris
During the year 1 October 1993 to 30 September 1994 HM Coastguard recorded a total of 956 false alerts within the global maritime distress and safety systems attributed toInternational Maritime Satellite (INMARSAT)343Satellite Aided Position Indicating Systems (COSPAS/SARSAT)511Medium Frequency Radio Digital Selective Calling (MFDSC)102
The estimated cost to the Coastguard Agency based on an average of two man hours to deal with each false alert is £17,016 for the year 1 October 1993, to 30 September 1993.